The Parable of the Ten Virgins

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Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. WIth Love and Gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew – MT 25:1-13

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 
Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. 
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry,
‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 
The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise ones replied,
‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. 
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But he said in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

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Here, the focus is on being well prepared for the coming of Jesus; who is the bridegroom in the parable. The parable begins, “the kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins.” All who await the coming of the bridegroom are expected to be well prepared. They should have sufficient “oil”, a symbol that can represent all the good works, such as (love), mercy and justice and faithfulness, expected of believers. Those who do not await the bridegroom with a sufficient supply if good works can be expected to be excluded from the great wedding banquet, a symbol of the joy of the Kingdom of Heaven. (see reference) 

 

Reference: Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2017

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Compassion of Jesus

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With Love and Gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew 18:15-20 MT 18:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. 
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
so that ‘every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. 
If he refuses to listen even to the church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Amen, I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again, amen, I say to you,
if two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. 
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”

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The Word of the Lord is Profound because it is spoken with Divine Wisdom and Divine Truth- and is created as Spiritual Truth.  The first part of the reading is about spiritually counseling someone to turn from their ways, while using Wisdom to assist- winning them over to God’s Mercy. God does not enjoy watching any son or daughter engage in sin and all of Heaven celebrates when someone turns from sin. 

 “Whatsoever two of you agree about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted them by my Heavenly Father.”  and “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” are promises from God- from the Son of God, which every promise and Word spoken- stand Divinely Promised for us all throughout eternity. 

“Truly, You Are the Son of God…”

Jesus

The angels had asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels . With Love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew 14:22-33   MT 14:22-33

After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
and precede him to the other side,
while he dismissed the crowds. 
After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. 
When it was evening he was there alone. 
Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. 
During the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them walking on the sea. 
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. 
“It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear. 
At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” 
Peter said to him in reply,
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 
He said, “Come.” 
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. 
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter,
and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 
After they got into the boat, the wind died down. 
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”

 

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Even when we become focused on the world, God and Jesus show us that they never left us, that worry is useless, and to have complete, unwavering faith in the Lord our God and in the Savior. Jesus and God our Strength at all times. 

In Jesus Name 

“I Am With You Always…”

Risen

Awhile back , the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With Love and Gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew. MT 28:16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

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God has made Jesus, “Christ over His Glory”. Jesus is announcing His Authority on His Glorification after Ascending to Heaven. Baptism is very profound and spiritual . All of Heaven rejoices with every baptism. With every heart who wishes to be baptized, and with all who baptize, and are baptized in the Good and Holy Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Additionally, Jesus also reminds us that He has never left us. You are never alone and He is always our Spiritual Savior and Brother in the Heaven. We can have faith in walking with Him, now and always as His Words are eternal Spiritual Truth for all. 

Do not be afraid

Risen

Awhile back , the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospel Readings. With Love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, here is the Gospel of Matthew 28:1-10 as we celebrate this very special and Holy Day. Happy Easter !

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning,
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
And behold, there was a great earthquake;
for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven,
approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
His appearance was like lightning
and his clothing was white as snow.
The guards were shaken with fear of him
and became like dead men.
Then the angel said to the women in reply,
“Do not be afraid!
I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.
Come and see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples,
‘He has been raised from the dead,
and he is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him.’
Behold, I have told you.”
Then they went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce this to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me.”

“Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of The Lord”

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Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew 21: 1-11 in honor of Palm Sunday. 

When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem
and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,
Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,
“Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately you will find an ass tethered,
and a colt with her.
Untie them and bring them here to me.
And if anyone should say anything to you, reply,
‘The master has need of them.’
Then he will send them at once.”
This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet
might be fulfilled:
Say to daughter Zion,
“Behold, your king comes to you,
meek and riding on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them.
They brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks over them,
and he sat upon them.
The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road,
while others cut branches from the trees
and strewed them on the road.
The crowds preceding him and those following
kept crying out and saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David;
blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;
hosanna in the highest.”
And when he entered Jerusalem
the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?”
And the crowds replied,
“This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.” 

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Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter Sunday. The Sunday before Holy Week. Here we have Jesus entering Jerusalem. Jesus had asked his disciples to untie the colt and ass, and gave them very specific directions, which the disciples followed. Jesus knew they would be approached by bystanders and gave the disciples instructions on what to do. Jesus has the words of Life. Everything He says is filled with profound wisdom. The apostles followed exactly what Jesus had asked, which is an example we should all follow.

Entering Jerusalem, he was instantly recognized as the Messiah, the coming of the Lord- which was revealed to the people by the Holy Spirit. These people celebrated his very presence, again, leading in example for us all.

“This Is My Beloved Son, With Whom I Am Well Pleased; Listen To Him”

Transfiguration

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With Love and Gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew 17:1-9

Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

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Jesus had taken Peter , James and John to strengthen their faith for what was to come. In this reading, Jesus leads the three disciples to a mountain, which at the time was a common place to go to speak to God, to engage in prayer/fasting, and possibly where one could see visions, or hear the Voice of God. When God gave Moses the Old Law,  this was also done on a high mountain where Moses fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. 

On the way, Jesus was suddenly transformed or transfigured before them, and his face and clothes shone upon them with the Glory of God.  Suddenly, in this vision  Moses and Elijah appear from Heaven to converse with Jesus. Moses, representing the Old Law, and Elijah, representing the Prophets. Jesus, was there in the full Glory of God, as God’s True Son, as the New Law that fulfills the old and as the King of all the Prophets.  The disciples, were also in witness to God’s Voice, letting them know that this was truly God’s Holy Son and to listen to Him. 

Such would strengthen these Disciples’ faith as soon, the Lord’s Passion would be upon them.  

In Jesus’ Name.